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Shrimp Shell Plastic Could Help Address Egypt’s Trash Problem

In the United Kingdom, University of Nottingham engineering professor Nicola Everitt is turning discarded shrimp shells into biodegradable plastic bags. Everitt is specifically targeting the...

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